©2008 C.J. Sansom; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
I heard about these books after hearing an interview with the author on the BBC. I thought the books would be interesting, but didn't anticipate lying in bed until 2 am still plugged in to my iPod, because I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. The story abounds with wonderful characters, excellent twists of plot and a well-researched ambiance. I'm looking forward to listening to the entire Matthew Shardlake series.
Yes, If I was confined to bed I would listen to the entire series again. Why? The stories areso intriguing that the first listen is devoted to just finding out what is going to happen and to solving the various mysteries the author introduces. The next time around I would listen the delicious historical details.
Similar to Connie Willis, the author packs in both grand historical era and the details and characters that bring them to life. Both authors are fastidious researchers and take a year or more do do their research.
The narrator introduces the various accents and pronunciations the undoubtedly set apart the various classes although of course we don't know what they actually sounded like.
Yes, but of course the book is far too long for that. Many a time I lingered late into the night, not wanting to
The Shardlake books make a marvelous series and the people that write about the books being boring just don't get it. It is well worth sticking through the extensive set up Sansom walks us through at the beginning of his novels, introducing or reintroducing his characters, setting up several plot lines, etc. Revelation is not the strongest in the series, a bit contrived with the all the Book of Rev. symbolism and gruesome murders. But I still loved listening to it.
Okay, it moves a bit slow at times but this book packs plenty of tension and mystery. I was able to figure some things out before Master Shardlake yet that did not dim my enjoyment one whit! The time covered was one of religious strife in England. I came away with a new appreciation of what an intelligent person in England must have gone through during those time. I also came away with a real sense of just how EVIL Henry VIII was.
This man brought terror to a land that had been fairly content.
Really good story as well as giving you an excellent feel for life in the period. Some parts were a bit gruesome, but that was life during the period. Overall, an enjoyable series.
I am such a fan of this series. Sansom mixes history and mystery in these superb historical thrillers. Revelation is a fascinating glimpse into the religious turmoil that marked Henry VIII's reign. Steven Crossley's narration is so well done. Cannot recommend this series too highly.
So I am a sucker for the Tudor Period. I enjoyed this so much I immediately downloaded others by the same author.
While some of the themes in the Shardlake series are a bit repetitive, they don't become annoying tropes. They become traits of characters that seem knowable. C.J. Sansom has created a lovable and flawed cast of characters. His attention to detail translates well to the audio versions of his books.
The plot twists are relatively clever. What keeps me coming back for each installment in this series is Shardlake and the other characters that Sansom has created. Good plot lines, great characters. I look forward to Shardlake's return.
Increasingly, he seems very slow... and worries issues to death, so that the book became boring and I stopped caring about the characters. The balance of plot to description is off on this one, and the plot, perhaps, rather weak, designed to show off the author's research.
This was not what I was expecting but it was a good story. As a Christian I am always interested in reading (listening to) books that depict Christians and their faith. C. J. Sansom does a great job of showing that Christians are not perfect, that while they may desire to do good to everyone they often fall short, they lose their tempers, and they even have times of doubt.
Really didn't figure out WHO the antagonist was until I read it at the end. If you like the other Matthew Shardlake mysteries you will surely like this
I have read the entire Shardlake series on Audible. They are all excellent and I think Revelation was the best of the series, followed closely by Sovereign and Dark Fire. Heartstone was the weakest of the 5 in my opinion.
It was a good, engrossing story.
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